Charles O. Anderson

Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Charles O. Anderson is joining UT Austin's Department of Theatre and Dance as a tenured Associate Professor of African American and African Diasporic Dance with a courtesy appointment in the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. Having received his B.A. in dance from Cornell University and his M.F.A. in choreography from Temple University, Charles is also artistic director of dance theatre X, a critically acclaimed afro-contemporary dance company he founded in 2002. In 2007, Charles was the recipient of a prestigious $60,000 Pew Fellowship in the Arts having been recognized for his choreographic achievements nationally and internationally. He has also had the honor of being named one of the “Top 25 Artists to Watch” in the country by Dance Magazine, and most recently was named one of “12 Rising Stars in the Academy” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine.

His choreographic work with undergraduate students has twice been nationally showcased at the Kennedy Center through the American College Dance Festival Association and he has also been twice recognized for outstanding achievement in experimental dance theatre by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His recent choreographic and scholarly research in experimental African Diasporic dance theatre produced the critically acclaimed work World Headquarters which is inspired by the writings of late African American science fiction writer Octavia Butler that premiered last year in Seattle, WA. He looks forward to sharing his work with the UT Austin community and is honored to be working as part of this vibrant academic community.

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Phone: 512-471-3467
Campus Mail Code: D3900